Books of the Elements

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The Legions of Fire Summary

From the best-selling author of the Lord of Isles....

In this novel of magical menace to the survival of all humanity, David Drake introduces a new fantasy world, Carce, based on Europe during the later Roman Empire.

Far in the north, a group of magicians perform a strange dance on a volcanic island intended to open a gateway for supernatural creatures that will allow them to devastate the whole Earth and destroy all life. Not knowing the cause, two young men, Corylus and Varus, and two women, Hedia and Alphena, each separately pursue the answer to mysterious and threatening happenings that prefigure disaster in the great city of Carce, the center of civilization. Through magical voyages in other realities where fantastic creatures, and even gods, help or hinder them, each of them must succeed or not just the city but the world will end in fire.

The Legions of Fire is the first of a fantasy quartet set in the world of the city of Carce.

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  • Book 1

    • The Legions of Fire

    • Books of the Elements, Book 1
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Far in the north, a group of magicians perform a strange dance on a volcanic island intended to open a gateway for supernatural creatures that will allow them to devastate the whole Earth and destroy all life. Not knowing the cause, two young men, Corylus and Varus,and two women, Hedia and Alphena,each separately pursue the answer to mysterious and threatening happenings that prefigure disaster in the great city of Carce, the center of civilization.

    Regular price: £28.99

  • Book 2

    • Out of the Waters

    • Books of the Elements, Book 2
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The second novel of The Books of the Elements. The wealthy Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, has generously and lavishly subsidized a theatrical/religious event. During this elaborate staging of Hercules founding a city on the shores of Lusitania, strange and dark magic turns the panoply into a chilling event. The sky darkens and the waves crash in the flooded arena. A great creature rises from the sea: a huge, tentacled horror on snake legs. It devastates the city, much to the delight of the crowd.

    Regular price: £28.09

  • Book 3

    • Monsters of the Earth

    • Books of the Elements, Book 3
    • By: David Drake
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, a fantasy analog of ancient Rome, is rusticating at his villa. When Saxa's son Varus accompanies Coryluson a visit to the household of his father, Crispus, a retired military commander, Saxa graciously joins the party with his young wife Hedia, daughter Alphena, and a large entourage of his servants, making it a major social triumph for Crispus.

    Regular price: £28.99